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What Are the Most Exciting Ways to Teach Chemistry for Kids?

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  1. How do I teach my child Chemistry?
  2. What are the best chemistry books for kids? 
  3. How to learn chemistry easily?
  4. Why teach chemistry?


Chemistry is an extremely hard subject to master. Kids often have a hard time grasping concepts such as organic and inorganic Chemistry because of how ‘foreign’ they may seem. Most of the time, this happens because their Chemistry fundamentals aren’t strong enough. When learnt early on, however, Chemistry can end up becoming your child’s favourite subject! 

Why teach Chemistry? Different branches of Chemistry like physical and organic Chemistry promote logical and analytical thinking. Learning these subjects at an early age can help your children sharpen their reasoning and visualisation skills. But how exactly can you get your children to take an avid interest in learning Chemistry? Let’s find out!home-science-experiments-for-teenagers (2)

How do I teach my child Chemistry? 

 

The key is to make it more visual, engaging and use real-life experiments. Performing simple experiments at home can help your child develop an unbridled interest in Chemistry. For example, baking bread is a simple but effective way to teach your child about the Chemistry behind fermentation.

Other kitchen experiments involving simple kitchen items like salt and ice can be used to explain the complex concepts of freezing point and chemical reactions (salt lowers the freezing point of ice because of dilution laws!).

These are just some of the examples of experiments that GoStudent’s world class tutors will use to teach Chemistry for children. Our tutors will go beyond the confines of the textbook to ensure Chemistry for kids is easier than ever before. We’d love for you and your child to reimagine education. And so we’d like to invite you to take a free trial class now.

 

What are the best Chemistry books for kids? 

 

Here are five great books to start reading to your child. These best Chemistry books for kids help your child learn the simple concepts of Chemistry in a fun, engaging, and interactive way:  

  1. Organic Chemistry for Babies by Cara Florance and Chris Ferrie
  2. Basher Science: Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction by Dan Green
  3. A Kids' Guide to the Periodic Table: Everything You Need to Know about the Elements by Edward P. Zovinka and Rose A. Clark
  4. Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Elements by Lisa Congdon
  5. The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! by Tom Robinson

 

How to learn Chemistry easily?

 

The primary step in teaching Chemistry for kids is familiarising them with the subject’s vocabulary; this is knowledge without which no amount of simplification or explanation will be enough. Relevant vocabulary for a subject like Chemistry starts with the very basics, like the differences between the forms of matter: liquid, solid, and gas. 

Take your child on a walk, or guide them through your home, explaining to them how everything they see and touch is made up of matter. When teaching Chemistry for kids in an academic light, your child ought to know about the components of matter and how it is made up of tiny building blocks called atoms. Lego is a great way to explain this!

Next, it’s time to move to more complex concepts. Label different lego pieces as elements, compounds and mixtures so that they’re easier to work with. You could use lego of the same colour to build an element, consequently teaching your child how elements are substances made up of a single type of atom. 

To teach them what a compound is, use different coloured lego to indicate how compounds are made up of different types of elements. A mixture can be communicated to them as a material that is made up of different types of compounds that do not chemically combine, i.e., by placing the lego beside each other instead of connecting them to build something. 

 

Why teach Chemistry?

 

Chemistry is a vast and fascinating subject that can help your child’s overall development. Subsections like physical Chemistry often employ other useful techniques and subjects like algebra and arithmetic to predict chemical reactions. Other sections like organic and inorganic Chemistry work according to their own mathematics and even require the students to imagine compounds and their combinations in 3D! 

Learning the fundamentals of these subjects help your kids sharpen their logical, analytical, and visual thinking and give them the opportunity to get familiar with broad scientific concepts at a young age. 

At GoStudent, we offer interactive Chemistry classes for school going children. Complete with fun quizzes and engaging audio-visual lectures, our tuition is tailored to fit your child’s learning level and style. So what are you waiting for? Book a free trial now!

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